lying on a commercial airplane is probably one of the worst activities a human being can participate in. Cancelled flights, crowded planes, lost luggage, not to mention seats built to accommodate people from the paleolithic era when homo sapiens were significantly smaller.
It’s already miserable enough to get on an airplane, but now Spirit Airlines has started just kicking people off of flights whenever they feel like it. And frankly, that's just adding insult to injury because only a desperate masochist would fly Spirit Airlines — an airline that actually charges you to speak to a human being when checking in, adds crazy fees for a carry on bag, and would probably charge you for using your oxygen mask mid-crash.
Mei Rui, a mom from Houston who was booted off a Spirit Airlines flight this week while breastfeeding her baby.
Rui, a Grammy-nominated concert pianist, cancer researcher, and mother was travelling to New York. The fact that she even made it on the plane with her child in the first place is an accomplishment, as it appears she is the busiest woman alive.
Rui was travelling from Houston to Newark Airport with her infant son and elderly parents.
The flight was delayed for weather, and her son started to get fussy. Rui began breastfeeding him in an attempt to calm him down for the three hour flight.
Nobody likes a crying baby on an airplane.
Least of all the parents who have to try and quiet them down — while being painfully aware that every single person on the plane is slowly losing their minds and unable to hear their in-flight entertainment. Rui said she didn’t want the baby to cry for the whole flight.
The plane was about to take off, but Rui wasn’t finished feeding yet
She asked the flight attendants if she could have a few more minutes to finish feeding before they closed the cabin door so that her baby would have enough to eat. She promised she would buckle him into his seat when the plane door was closed.
The flight attendants conferred at the front of the plane
Meanwhile, Rui continued feeding her baby and then buckled him into his seat. He started crying loudly. Within a few minutes, she was being asked to get off the plane.